As we are forced to stay in the safety of home during this time, you may be dreading the effects this can have on your mental wellbeing and if you are caring for someone vulnerable, you may be worried about them too. We have come up with some ways to help you and your client stay happy and healthy at home:
- Let the light in as much as possible! Open those curtains and let the sun shine through, in doing so, this will help to alleviate the negative effects being confined to home can have on our and our client’s and mental and physical health.
- Stay active both mentally and physically – this is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or encourage a loved one to do so. Hold a dance class or workout class for your client in the comfort of home to practice self-discipline whilst keeping fit and healthy! Or take up baking or another creative art to keep the mind active!
- Do something outside of the usual routine. Plan something fun to do at home and have something ‘out of the ordinary’ to look forward to. Plan a games night or a movie night! This will help to prevent your days from becoming mundane, full of the same old, and gives you something exciting to look forward to! As a carer, make sure you keep yourself and your client safe in doing so.
- Keep in touch with your friends and family. Just half an hour on the phone with one of your loved ones is sure to lift your mood. As a carer, make sure your client stays in contact with family and friends during this difficult and isolating time.